Jack Lambert (American actor)

John Thomas Lambert (April 13, 1920 – February 18, 2002) was an American character actor who specialized in playing movie tough guys and heavies. He is best known for playing the psychotic cat-loving, iron-hooked Steve "the Claw" Michel in Dick Tracy's Dilemma.[1][2]

Jack Lambert
Jack Lambert - Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947).jpg
Lambert in Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947)
John Thomas Lambert

(1920-04-13)April 13, 1920
DiedFebruary 18, 2002(2002-02-18) (aged 81)
Years active1942–1970
Spouse(s)Frances Dalton
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
Marjorie Hall
(m. 1958)


Following a spell on Broadway, the Yonkers, New York-born Lambert moved to Hollywood and began working in films in 1942.[3] He was a familiar figure in Westerns and crime dramas after World War II, in such movies as The Killers, The Enforcer, Bend of the River, Vera Cruz, Kiss Me Deadly, and How the West Was Won.[citation needed][4]

Lambert in Bonanza (1960)

Lambert also appeared in many television series of the 1950s and 1960s, such as Rod Cameron's State Trooper, twice on Bat Masterson (1959 in S1E22's "Incident in Leadville" and again in 1961 in S3E19's "Bullwhacker’s Bounty"), Gunsmoke (as all evil gunman Kin Creed in the 1959 S4E35 episode “There Never Was A Horse”, where he likely was the only man in the shows 20 year run who ever outdrew Matt Dillon - but missed), Have Gun – Will Travel, Sugarfoot, Tales of Wells Fargo, Daniel Boone, Wagon Train, Bonanza, Get Smart (season one, episode 18, 1966) and The Andy Griffith Show (season three, episode 32, 1963, "The Big House")[5] From 1959 to 1960, Lambert was a regular cast member (as Joshua Walcek, sometimes called "Joshua MacGregor"), in 23 of the 42 episodes of the Darren McGavin series, Riverboat.[6][citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1959 Lambert moved into a home in Palm Springs, California, owned by his wife Marjorie Franklin (who owned the home with her divorced husband Alexander Hall).[7] He had a son, Lee J. Lambert.

Lambert is not to be confused with the British character actor with the same name who died in 1976.[8]

Partial filmographyEdit

Year Film Role Director Notes
1943 Stage Door Canteen Sailor Cutting In with Ina Claire Frank Borzage uncredited
1943 Follies Girl Unconfirmed Bit Part uncredited
1943 Bomber's Moon Curly Edward Ludwig (as "Charles Fuhr")
Harold D. Schuster (as "Charles Fuhr")
John Brahm (uncredited)
Robert Florey (2nd unit aerial sequences)[9]
tail gunner
1943 Hostages SS guard Frank Tuttle
1943 Seeds of Freedom Speaker
1943 Swing Fever Jack (Conlon's Henchman) Tim Whelan uncredited
1943 The Cross of Lorraine Jacques Tay Garnett
1943 Lost Angel Lefty Moran Roy Rowland uncredited
1944 The Canterville Ghost Trigger – Machine Gunner Norman Z. McLeod (uncredited) uncredited
1944 Till We Meet Again Drunken German Soldier Frank Borzage uncredited
1945 The Hidden Eye Louie Richard Whorf
1945 Duffy's Tavern Waiter Hal Walker uncredited
1946 Abilene Town Jet Younger Edwin L. Marin
1946 The Harvey Girls Marty Peters Robert Alton
1946 The Hoodlum Saint Minor Role Norman Taurog uncredited
1946 O.S.S. German Lieutenant Irving Pichel uncredited
1946 The Killers 'Dum-Dum' Clarke Robert Siodmak
1946 Plainsman and the Lady Sival Joseph Kane
1947 New Orleans Biff Lewis Arthur Lubin
1947 Dick Tracy's Dilemma Steve 'The Claw' Michel John Rawlins
1947 The Vigilantes Return Henchman Ben Borden Ray Taylor
1947 The Unsuspected Mr. Press Michael Curtiz
1948 Reaching from Heaven Buck Huggins Frank Strayer
1948 River Lady Swede George Sherman
1948 Belle Starr's Daughter Bronc Wilson Lesley Selander
1948 Disaster Frosty Davenport
1948 Force of Evil Abraham Polonsky uncredited
1949 Big Jack Bud Valentine Richard Thorpe
1949 The Great Gatsby Reba Elliott Nugent
1949 Yes Sir, That's My Baby Leslie Schultze George Sherman
1949 Brimstone Luke Courteen Joseph Kane
1949 Border Incident Chuck Anthony Mann uncredited
1950 Dakota Lil Dummy Lesley Selander
1950 Stars in My Crown Perry Lokey Jacques Tourneur
1950 North of the Great Divide Henchman Stagg William Witney
1951 The Enforcer Philadelphia Tom Zaca Bretaigne Windust
1951 The Secret of Convict Lake Matt Anderson Michael Gordon uncredited
1952 Bend of the River Red Anthony Mann
1952 Montana Belle Ringo Allan Dwan
1952 Blackbeard the Pirate Tom Whetstone Raoul Walsh
1953 Scared Stiff Zombie George Marshall
1953 99 River Street Mickey Phil Karlson
1954 Vera Cruz Charlie Robert Aldrich
1955 Run for Cover Larsen Nicholas Ray
1955 Kiss Me Deadly Sugar Smallhouse Robert Aldrich
1955 At Gunpoint Kirk Alfred L. Werker
1956 Backlash Mike Benton John Sturges
1956 Canyon River Kincaid Harmon Jones
1957 Chicago Confidential Smitty Sidney Salkow uncredited
1958 Machine-Gun Kelly Howard Roger Corman
1958 Hot Car Girl Cop #1 at soda bar Bernard L. Kowalski
1958 Party Girl Nick Nicholas Ray uncredited
1959 Alias Jesse James Snake Brice Norman Z. McLeod uncredited
1959 Day Of The Outlaw Tex Andre DeToth Bruhn's gang
1960 Freckles Duncan Andrew McLaglen
1961 The George Raft Story Jerry Fitzpatrick Joseph M. Newman
1962 How the West Was Won Gant Henchman uncredited
1963 4 for Texas Monk Robert Aldrich


  1. ^ "Jack Lambert – Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  2. ^ "AFI-Catalog". catalog.afi.com.
  3. ^ "Jack Lambert – Broadway Cast & Staff". www.ibdb.com.
  4. ^ "Jack Lambert, born 1920". BFI.
  5. ^ "Jack Lambert – TV Guide". TVGuide.com.
  6. ^ "Riverboat – TV Guide". TVGuide.com.
  7. ^ Meeks, Eric G. (2014) [2012]. The Best Guide Ever to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes. Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe. p. 35. ISBN 978-1479328598.
  8. ^ "Jack Lambert, born 1899". BFI.
  9. ^ "Notes: Bomber's Moon." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved; March 22, 2012.

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